Sessions & Rates


Montecito 2020 KILT Sessions & 2020 Tuition Rates

(Three 3-Week Sessions)


Session 1:  June 14 - July 4

(Family Camp Weeks 2-4)

Tuition:   $2,195 plus 12% tax per KILT*


Session 2:  July 5 - July 25

 (Family Camp Weeks 5-7) 

Tuition:   $2,195 plus 12% tax per KILT*


Session 3:  July 26 - August 15

 (Family Camp Weeks 8-10)

Tuition $1,995 plus 12% tax per KILT*


*Note:  Tuition fee is per each 3-week session and does not include taxes and fees, or transportation costs.  There will be a non-refundable $250 deposit due upon acceptance into the program (paid no later than March 7, 2020 in order to guarantee your teen's spot in the KILT program).  The $250 deposit will be applied toward your teen's tuition;  We are sorry but there is no pro-rating of tuition if your child arrives late or leaves the program early.


2020 KILT Applications Timeline


  • January 1, 2020:  The 2020 KILT application will be available online for applicants to submit; First-time KILT applicants are also required to provide three references (paper or electronic) submitted to us prior to February 21, 2020.

  • January 1 - February 15, 2020:  Rolling admissions period; similar to many colleges, we look at applications as they come in, until all the spaces in the KILT program are filled.  Applying early gives your teen the best chance to gain acceptance into the program, although is no guarantee as we have more applicants than spots available.  Please note that returning KILTs in good standing do have priority should they choose to return to their session, but returning KILTs who wait to submit until late in the process may lose this priority, and may not get their preferred session dates.

  • February 21, 2020:  Deadline for references for new KILT applicants. 

  • March 1, 2020:  Accepted KILTs will be notified via email by March 1, 2020.  The $250 application fee is due upon acceptance into the program and must be paid by March 7, 2020 to guarantee your KILTs spot in the program.  

  • April 1, 2020:  Full payment of tuition is due by April 1st, 2020, along with your teen's KILT Paperwork (which will be sent to KILTs upon the offer of acceptance to the program).


Montecito Sequoia KILT Program 


The Montecito Sequoia KILT Program (Campers In Leadership Training) is a work experience and leadership training program for high school teens, designed to prepare them for their first real jobs and the college admissions process.  KILTs learn leadership skills, gain experience in working with children, develop good work habits, and have some serious fun!  


Participants must be at least entering their freshman year of high school, and under the age of 18 during their KILT session, in order to be eligible for the program; There are openings for 10 teens in our boys' cabin and 10 teens in our girls' cabin for each 3-week session;  All KILT applicants, new or returning, are required to fill out the complete application. 


First-time/New KILT applicants must also provide 3 references (paper reference form or electronic reference form) to provide personal recommendations, which need to be received by us no later than February 21, 2020. 


Personal Qualifications

Applicants should have either previous camping experience or have lived away from home for three or more weeks.  They should enjoy the camp environment and routines, and be eager to build leadership and work-related training skills.  We seek teens who are healthy, energetic, excited about learning, and capable of assuming responsibilities.  They must be of fine character, and mature to the point where they are able to concentrate on developing leadership skills instead of focusing on personal problems.  It is essential that KILTs be good role models for the children and young people in camp.  As such, they must have patience, enthusiasm, the highest level of personal integrity, and dress and act appropriately.


Program Details

Girls and boys in the program live in separate cabins under the direct supervision of the KILT Director and KILT Counselor (KILT Mom or Dad).  KILTs are assigned to approximately 4-6 hours of responsibility each day.


During each year in the program, KILTs learn specific skills within each activity area.  A first year KILT will gain general knowledge of all activities offered at camp.  In subsequent years, returning KILTs spend more time at activities of their choosing to develop expertise, and are eventually able to lead activities on their own.


Leadership training occurs through scheduled workshops and supervised practical experiences.  


 Workshops include:

  • Basics of child growth and development

  • Counseling techniques/observations

  • Inter- and Intrapersonal communication skills.

  • Group dynamics

  • Leadership styles, characteristics, and responsibilities

  • Self-growth through personal responsibility

  • Development of song-leadership skills (ie. Pow Wow, Campfire, Coffee House)

  • Opportunities to perform/host events (ie. Variety Show or Coffee House)


Practical work experience includes:

  • Working in our children's programs

  • Assisting counselors in specified activities; learning to take direction

  • Special event presentation & coordination

  • General family camp maintenance, cleanliness & camp beautification projects

  • Participation in evening programs, campfires and pow-wows.


At the end of their 3-Week Session, each KILT will meet with our KILT Director/KILT Counselor to review their job performance and discuss ways to improve.  They will also be given a written evaluation by a Counselor with whom they worked closely during their session.


KILTs should plan to arrive by 3:00 pm the Sunday their session begins and depart by 12 Noon the Saturday their session ends.  Transportation from Fresno International Airport or the Amtrak station is available for an additional fee.  KILTs who plan to arrive the Saturday before their session begins must be chaperoned by a parent for the night, and must book a lodge room or cabin at Montecito, or elsewhere in the parks.  KILT parents coming to pick up their child, who plan to stay the Friday night before, or who plan to watch their 4-year KILT graduation, must book a room at our sister property, Stony Creek Lodge, or elsewhere in the parks, if not already attending Family Camp during your teen's KILT graduation.



KILT Graduation

After successfully completing 4-years in the program, a KILT is eligible to graduate and promote to an honorary counselor, and receive their official "camp" name.


KILT graduation usually takes place the Thursday evening prior to the end of each KILT session.  We recommend that Parents of graduating KILTs, who are not already attending Family Camp during the week your teen graduates, book a room at our sister property, Stony Creek Lodge, or elsewhere in the parks, if planning to attend the graduation.  We do invite parents of graduating KILTs to join us at Montecito for complimentary meals and activities, from Thursday evening through Saturday morning of your KILT's graduation week.


Please remember to BOOK EARLY if you are planning to stay in the parks, as rooms sell out fast during the summer season. 




Questions regarding the KILT program?  


EMAIL:  kilts@mslodge.com


KILT PROGRAM (Admin/Paperwork/Deposit Checks)


Montecito Sequoia Lodge KILT Program

P.O. Box 1489

Carmel Valley, CA  93924-1489


(use P.O. Box for US Mail; Street address for FED EX/UPS deliveries)


To:  Name of your KILT

c/o Montecito KILT Director

63410 Generals Hwy./P.O. Box 858

Kings Canyon National Pk., CA  93633

(Phone:  559-565-3388)


TEL: 800-227-9900

E-MAIL: reserve@mslodge.com



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Montecito Lake Resort, LLC, is a recreation partner with the Sequoia National Forest on a non-discriminatory basis.